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Battling nature's nasty side

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:33:00 EST

When told the subject of her research has a bit of an alien predator vibe, Natacha Hogan is quick to agree.“Oh, I like that,” said the assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science. “When you look at the structures of these mycotoxins, some really are scary looking. Many are very complex structures with multiple rings fused together and many functional groups hanging off the sides. They sort of look like spiders.”(image)

Even short-duration heat waves could lead to failure of coffee crops

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:56:00 EST

"Hot coffee" is not a good thing for java enthusiasts when it refers to plants beset by the high-temperature stress that this century is likely to bring, research at Oregon State University suggests.A study by OSU’s College of Forestry showed that when Coffea arabica plants were subjected to short-duration heat waves, they became unable to produce flowers and fruit.(image)

Making Cows More Environmentally Friendly

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:18:00 EST

Research reveals vicious cycle of climate change, cattle diet and rising methane (image)

Not a Pipe Dream Anymore – Space-Farming: A Long Legacy Leading us to Mars

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:06:00 EST

Following a new NASA bill, passed in March by the US Congress and which authorizes $19.5 billion spending for space exploration in 2017, manned missions to Mars are closer to reality than ever before.(image)

Steering towards grazing fields

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:47:00 EST

It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to compact common soils—if they’re grazed responsibly.(image)

Mustard seeds without mustard flavor: new robust oilseed crop can resist global warming

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:46:00 EST

BREAKTHROUGH - University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to heat, drought and diseases than oilseed rape. The breakthrough is so big that it will feature as cover story of the April issue of Nature Biotechnology, the most prestigious journal for biotechnology research.(image)

Farming becoming riskier under climate change

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:10:00 EST

Scientists the world over are working to predict how climate change will affect our planet. It is an extremely complex puzzle with many moving parts, but a few patterns have been consistent, including the prediction that farming as we know it will become more difficult.Scientists infer the impact on agriculture based on predictions of rainfall, drought intensity, and weather volatility. Until now, however, the average farmer may not have been able to put predictions like these into practice. A new University of Illinois study puts climate change predictions in terms that farmers are used to: field working days.(image)